MANILA, Philippines – Having worked with veteran actress Nora Aunor for the film "Thy Womb," Cannes-winning director Brillante Mendoza now knows why she was dubbed Philippine cinema's "Superstar."
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Mendoza on Friday was all praises for the veteran actress, who stars as Badjao midwife in his latest film, alternately titled "Sinapupunan."
For "Thy Womb," which has been officially invited to compete in this year's Venice International Film Festival, Mendoza and Aunor worked together for the first time.
"Isa sa mga realization ko kung bakit [si Nora Aunor] naging 'Superstar' ay 'yung kanyang pagiging totoong artist," Mendoza said during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of "TV Patrol" on Friday.
"Nasa puso niya 'yun, dala-dala niya 'yun, kaya sabi ko, ay iba itong taong 'to. Kapag meron kang pinakitang commitment sa trabaho mo, dodoblehin niya 'yun, ti-triplehin niya 'yun," Mendoza said of Aunor.
And their commitment to their craft has paid off.
Apart from a slot in the upcoming Venice filmfest, Mendoza revealed that "Thy Womb" has also been selected in another "important" film festival.
"Venice is just the start. In the coming days, we will announce another important festival kung saan pumasok ang 'Thy Womb,' so sunud-sunod na 'yan," Mendoza said.
Before garnering international nods, "Thy Womb" in June failed to earn a slot in this year's competing films for the Metro Manila International Film Festival.
Of the supposed snub, Mendoza said: "Kasi may kani-kaniyang criteria naman 'yan. Siguro may criteria 'yung MMFF na iba, but we respect kung ano 'yung criteria nila."
"Sabi nga nila, kung may magsara mang pinto, may magbubukas na mga bintana, so this is a blessing, so nagpapasalamat ako na sunud-sunod na ang mga blessing na dumarating."